Dick Allen Wins PBA Cheetah Championship for Second Title of the Season

by Jerry Schneider March 18, 2019 21:01

ALLEN PARK, Mich.  – Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C., defeated Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., 234-195, in the title match Monday to win the PBA Cheetah Championship for his second tour title of the season and seventh of his career.     

As the first event of PBA World Series of Bowling X, the Cheetah Championship finals telecast was the first of four consecutive live PBA Tour telecasts on FS1 this week from Thunderbowl Lanes.

The 40-year-old Allen, in his 20th year on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, had things in hand from the start striking on the first five shots and opening up a lead that Sherman could not challenge.

March 18, 2019; Allen Park, MI, USA; During a PBA event at Thunderbowl Lanes. Credit: Tim Fuller-Professional Bowlers Association“I just focused on keeping it together and not falling apart,” Allen said. “When you have a good lead you don’t want to let the bad thoughts creep in, or the good thoughts either. Just focus on making the best shot possible shot every frame and fortunately I was able to do that.”

Allen, who won the PBA Lubbock Sports Open in January, ran his career title match record to 5-1 on TV (7-1 including live-streamed events) and joined PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke as the only two-time winners this season.

“When I get to TV I’m hard to beat,” Allen said. “It’s a matter of getting here. I wish I could be as effective in the qualifying and match play rounds of tournaments and I then would be here (in the finals) more often.”

Bowling on the PBA 33-foot Cheetah lane condition, the telecast opened with a seeding round that determined the qualifying order for three stepladder matches. Allen earned the top seed for the finals with a 230 game followed by No. 2 qualifier Rhino Page, Orlando, 173; No. 3 qualifier Sherman, 172, and No. 4 qualifier Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, 163.

The four finalists survived Round-of-16 and Round-of-8 best-of-five elimination rounds earlier Monday after qualifying rounds bowled last week to advance to the telecast.

The 25-year-old Sherman burst out of the gate with a 290-152 win over McNiel and then went on to beat Page 229-204 in the semifinal match to advance to the final against Allen.

Sherman’s second-place finish was his career best in a tour singles event in three seasons as a pro. He finished second with partner Brad Miller in the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship earlier this season.

Page’s third-place finish was his best of the season. The six-time tour winner also has three fifth-place finishes this season.

McNiel, who finished fourth and has already qualified second for the PBA World Championship finals which will be televised live Thursday on FS1, was making his first PBA Tour televised singles appearance.

WSOB X competition continues with Round-of-16 and Round-of-8 elimination rounds Tuesday for the PBA Chameleon Championship which will determine the four finalists for the finals telecast at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.

After the Scorpion Championship finals Wednesday, the stepladder finals for the World Championship – the season’s third major – will take place Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on FS1. WSOB wraps up with the tape-delayed USA vs. The World team competition Friday also at 8 p.m.

The match play rounds for the Chameleon and Scorpion Championships will be streamed live by FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Monday

Final Standings

1, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., $20,000

2, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., $10,000

3, Rhino Page, Orlando, $7,000

4, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, $6,000

Playoff Results

Seeding Round – Allen, 230; Page, 173; Sherman, 172; McNiel, 163.

Match 1 - Sherman def. McNiel, 290-152.

Semifinal - Sherman def. Page, 229-204.

Championship – Allen def. Sherman, 234-195.

Round of 8 (winners advance to championship round. Best-of-five matches, losers earned $3,000)

Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., def. Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3-2 (197-211, 207-223, 232-203, 232-209, 259-214).
Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., def. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-1 (213-217, 214-191, 217-205, 239-161).
Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., def. Dom Barrett, England, 3-1 (279-200, 224-228, 214-189, 248-233).
Rhino Page, Orlando, def. Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3-2 (204-227, 249-236, 248-200, 228-237, 257-208).

Round of 16 (winners advance to Round-of-8. Best-of-five matches, losers earned $1,500)

Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., def. Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3-2 (208-245, 218-221, 264-230, 231-192, 224-177).
Dom Barrett, England, def. David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3-1 (248-174, 215-234, 223-204, 268-201).
Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., def. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-1 (213-227, 252-144, 192-151, 279-247).
Rhino Page, Orlando, def. EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3-0 (288-214, 236-219, 247-232).
Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., def. Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 3-2 (203-153, 182-223, 237-213, 211-267, 226-224).
Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., def. BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 3-0 (268-196, 267-257, 266-175).
Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3-2 (225-234, 228-206, 257-236, 195-205, 193-168).
Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., def. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3-2 (189-193, 252-244, 209-234, 227-202, 258-184).

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Jason Belmonte Will Try for Record 11th PBA Major Title As Top Qualifier for PBA World Championship Finals

by Jerry Schneider March 16, 2019 17:47

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - As top qualifier for the 2019 World Series of Bowling X PBA World Championship stepladder finals, Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte finds himself once again one more match win away from a record 11th career PBA major title.

The stepladder finals of the fourth event of WSOB X, and the third major of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, will air live next Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on FS1 from Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit.

The four-time PBA Player of the Year and World Championship defending champion earned top-qualifier honors for the finals by posting an 8-8 match play record and 12,953 56-game pinfall total (including match win bonus pins) after Saturday’s match play rounds.

“I’m feeling confident as I usually do when I get to this point – maybe a little more relaxed because we have a few days before the (World Championship) finals,” said Belmonte, a 19-time tour winner. “It’s a little more rewarding when you come back from a slow start. First, you just chip away, and then if you get the lead stretch it out if you can.”

Belmonte won the PBA Tournament of Champions in February for his 10th PBA major title to tie PBA Hall of Famers Earl Anthony and Pete Weber for first on the all-time list. The following week, also as top qualifier, he was denied an 11th major title losing to fellow two-hander Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, in the title match of the PBA Players Championship.

The title match of the World Championship will feature a $1 million bonus if Belmonte or his opponent can bowl a 300 game.

Qualifying second for the World Championship finals was part-time tour player Matt McNiel of Minneapolis, who put together a 12-4 match play record and a 12,630 pinfall total, 323 pins behind Belmonte after 40 qualifying and 16 match play games.

McNiel, making his first tour singles television appearance, has finished 11th in the last three World Championships. He has a best tour finish of fifth, which came in the 2015 Roth-Holman Doubles Championship with Anthony Pepe.

Qualifying third for the finals was 10-time tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., with a 10-6 match play record and 12,603 pinfall. O’Neill, trying for his second major title, won his 10th title in the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic in January.

Five-time tour winner Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., compiled a 12-4 record in match play and finished with a 12,597 pinfall to qualify fourth for the finals. Butturff, trying for his first major win, won the PBA Oklahoma Open in January for his fifth tour title.

Qualifying fifth for the finals was BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pa., with a 7-9 record and 12,518 pinfall. Moore, who has a best tour finish of second in the 2016 Scorpion Championship will be making his second major telecast after a fifth-place finish in the 2018 Tournament of Champions.

Live WSOB X telecasts on FS1 will begin when FOX Sports airs the championship finals of the PBA Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships live on FS1 on consecutive nights Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern. After the World Championship telecast on Thursday, WSOB will wrap up with the telecast of the tape-delayed USA vs. The World team competition Friday, March 22 also at 8 p.m. ET.

The four finalists for the Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships will be determined after single-elimination match play competition earlier on the days of their respective finals telecasts. The match play rounds will be streamed on FloBowling.com. Click on www.flobowling.com for subscription information.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Saturday

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (includes match play record and 56-game pinfall totals including match win bonus pins. Top five advance to live FS1 finals Thursday at 8 p.m. ET)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 8-8, 12,952.
2, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 12-4, 12,630.
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 10-6, 12,603.
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 12-4, 12,597.
5, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 7-9, 12,518.
6, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 9-7, 12,508, $10,000.
7, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 8-8, 12,468, $12,000.
8, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 8-8, 12,456, $9,500.
9, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 6-10, 12,355, $9,000.
10, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 7-9, 12,288, $8,000.
11, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 8-8, 12,281, $8,500.
12, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 9-7, 12,210, $7,500.
13, Rhino Page, Orlando, 7-9, 12,173, $6,500.
14, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 4-12, 12,162, $7,000.
15, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 10-6, 12,109, $6,000.
16, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3-13, 11,803, $5,500.

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (includes match play record and 48-game pinfall total with bonus pins)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-5, 11,029.
2, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 5-3, 10,817.
3, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6-2, 10,796.
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 6-2, 10,698.
5, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4-4, 10,661.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4-4, 10,608.
7, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 6-2, 10,606.
8, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3-5, 10,560.
9, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3-5, 10,548.
10, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1-7, 10,527.
11, Rhino Page, Orlando, 4-4, 10,489.
12, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6-2, 10,472.
13, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3-5, 10,465.
14, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-4, 10,415.
15, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 5-3, 10,362.
16, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1-7, 10,193.

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Australia’s Jason Belmonte Extends PBA World Championship Lead Heading Into Match Play

by Jerry Schneider March 15, 2019 19:34

ALLEN PARK, Mich.  – Four-time PBA Player of the Year and defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia averaged 237 in Friday’s cashers’ rounds of the PBA World Championship to extend his lead in the fourth event of PBA World Series of Bowling X.

The right-handed two-hander, who is trying for a record 11th major title in the third major tournament of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, bowled games of 289, 235, 257, 194 and 224 in Friday’s first cashers’ round and 225, 268, 232, 236 and 210 in the second round at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Belmonte finished the day with a 9,247 40-game overall pinfall total (231 average) consisting of 10-game qualifying totals from the WSOB Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships in addition to the 10 games from the cashers’ rounds.

Bowling on PBA’s 43-foot Earl Anthony lane condition, Belmonte led 16 players who advanced to two eight-game match play rounds Saturday scheduled for 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET. After match play the top five players will be determined for the live FS1 stepladder finals March 21 at 8 p.m.

Having to deal with an especially tough condition in the last game of the second round, Belmonte went to a backup ball delivery in the sixth frame and went on to throw five of the last six strikes to salvage the 210 game.

“It’s something I’ll do when I feel I have nothing going bowling traditionally from the right and that was the case in the last game,” said Belmonte. “Since the right side was very tricky for me, I made a decision that if I can figure it out quickly – within a frame or two – I have time to save the game.

“I think it’s something every bowler should work on and develop as a tool to find a shot,” Belmonte added.

The 35-year-old Belmonte won the PBA Tournament of Champions in February for his 10th major title to tie PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Earl Anthony for first on the career majors list. He was denied an 11th major title when he lost to fellow two-hander Anthony Simonsen in the title match of the Players Championship a week later.

Belmonte holds a commanding 259-pin lead over BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pa., in second with 8,988. Rounding out the top five are two-time tour winner Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 8,901; Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 8,852, and 10-time tour winner Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 8,848. O’Neill is the only player to make the match play cuts in the four WSOB tour events.

EJ Tackett, the 2016 World Championship winner, finished eighth with an 8,733 pinfall. PBA Hall of Famer and three-time World Championship winner Norm Duke finished 12th with 8,657 and fellow Hall of Famer and 2011 World Championship winner Chris Barnes took the 16th and final spot with 8,602.

The World Championship match play rounds will be live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Friday

Results After Second Cashers’ Round (40-game pinfall totals. Top 16 players advance to Saturday’s match play rounds at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 9,247.
2, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 8,988.
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 8,901.
4, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 8,852.
5, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 8,848.
6, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 8,841.
7, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 8,778.
8, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 8,733.
9, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 8,710.
10, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 8,696.
11, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 8,692.
12, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 8,657.
13, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 8,626.
14, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 8,619.
15, Rhino Page, Orlando, 8,615.
16, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 8,602.

Did not advance
17, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 8,597, $5,000.
18, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 8,584, $4,700.
19, Patrick Girard, Canada, 8,555, $4,600.
20, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 8,548, $4,400.
21, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 8,535, $4,300.
22, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 8,526, $4,200.
23, Dom Barrett, England, 8,523, $4,100.
24, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 8,517, $4,000.
25, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 8,500, $3,900.
26, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 8,492, $3,800.
27, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 8,483, $3,700.
28, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 8,481, $3,600.
29, Sam Cooley, Australia, 8,466, $3,450.
29, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 8,466, $3,450.
31, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 8,447, $3,300.
32, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 8,435, $3,200.
33, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 8,426, $3,100.
34, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 8,424, $3,000.
35, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 8,423, $2,900.
36, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 8,417, $2,800.
37, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 8,393, $2,700.
38, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 8,388, $2,600.
39, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 8,332, $2,500.
40, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 8,312, $2,400.
41, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 8,303, $2,300.
42, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 8,300, $2,200.
43, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 8,257, $2,100.
44, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 8,198, $2,050.
45, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 8,197, $2,000.

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PBA Spare Shots: “Teammates” O’Neill, Belmonte on Opposite Sides for WSOB’s USA vs The World Event

by Bill Vint March 15, 2019 14:47

Long-time Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Championship partners Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., and Jason Belmonte of Australia will be on opposite sides of the lanes next Friday as the top qualifiers for their respective USA vs. The World teams when they meet in a special event that will conclude PBA World Series of Bowling X. The Baker team competition will air on FS1 next Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

O’Neill, who qualified No. 2 overall for the PBA World Championship cashers round based on his performances over 30 games in the PBA Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championship qualifying rounds, will be joined on the American squad by No. 3 qualifier EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind.; No. 4 Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla.; and Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, and Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., who tied for fifth on the qualifying list. PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman will be captain as the USA contingent bids for its third consecutive win in a pair of best-of-two-game Baker format matches.

Belmonte, the overall No. 1 qualifier for the World Championship cashers round, will be joined on The World team by Colombia’s Andres Gomez (No. 20 on the World Championship qualifying list); England’s Dom Barrett (No. 23); Australia’s Sam Cooley (No. 26) and Sweden’s Pontus Anderson (No. 30). The World’s captain will be another PBA Hall of Famer, Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli, who helped The World win the first two matches in the series in 2010 and 2013.

PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME OFFERS SPECIAL WSOB X TOURNAMENT

3_19 AnnouncementConcrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game is offering a special PBA World Series of Bowling 10th anniversary tournament at no cost to its millions of mobile devise users. The special tournament will challenge users to bowl a game higher than the PBA World Champion rolls in the title match that will air live on FS1 on Thursday, March 21, at 8 p.m. EDT.

The “tournament” will begin on Friday, March 22, and end on Thursday, March 28. It will feature a custom WSOB X venue, and the introduction of a special ball that can be used in the competition. Players can enter as often as they wish. All scores that beat the PBA World Champion’s score will be entered into a sweepstakes pool with one lucky winner to be selected to win a bowling pin signed by the PBA World Champion plus 5,000 Gold Pins.

To review the official rules, visit: http://bit.ly/PBA_OfficialRules. If you have not already done so, the PBA Bowling Challenge game can be downloaded to your mobile device at no cost. Visit https://concretesoftware.com/games/pba-bowling-challenge/ for details.

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Hi Top Bowl, a 16-lane bowling center in Highland, Ill., has completed a significant project to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the historic 3,858 series bowled by the legendary Budweisers of St. Louis at Floriss Lanes on March 12, 1958. The members of the team were all superstars in the formation years of the PBA: Don Carter, Ray Bluth, Pat Patterson, Tom Hennessey and Dick Weber.

In cooperation with the center’s local Budweiser distributor, Donnewald Distributing, proprietor Ray Voss created the tribute. The centerpiece is a graphic above the approaches that spans the entire 16-lane center, detailing the series record that stood for nearly 36 years. Click here to view a video clip that illustrates the display: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oz-luBZKtL0E8jY9WCl4utE94c40l-nn/view?usp=sharing.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: “ROOKIE” MITCH BEASLEY WINS FIRST PBA50 TITLE

Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., bowling in his second tournament as a “senior,” defeated Jeff Bellinger of Columbia, S.C., 258-238, to win the PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at LaFayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday for his first PBA50 title.

Beasley, who turned 50 in November, won $1,900 along with his 21st overall PBA Regional title. He went into the 10th frame needing a strike to win the title and did just that, finishing his final frame with three strikes to clinch the victory. Bellinger pocketed $1,000 as the runner-up.

In the semifinal round, Beasley narrowly escaped his match with Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., winning a one-ball, sudden death roll-off, 10-9, after they tied at 289-289. Beasley threw first and struck. Auerbach followed, leaving a ringing 10 pin. In the other match, Bellinger disposed of non-PBA member Jerry Horn of Lexington, S.C., 233-223.

The only tournament on the March 15-17 calendar is the and the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Radical in Virden, Ill.

A busy schedule of PBA Regional activity resumes over the March 22-24 weekend with the PBA50 Rossi Lanes East Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the Hubbard Central Open presented by Brunswick at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the PBA50 Allstate Monte Skeets Midwest/Central Open presented by Ebonite at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill.; the PBA50 Ultra Star Multi-Tainment Center South Open at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, N.C., and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:

The PBA will be well represented when Team USA heads to Peru for the 2019 Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships April 22-28 for competition in singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and Masters events. Members of the team will be PBA members AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill.; Darren Tang of San Francisco, and Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., along with nine-time Team USA member John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., and Team USA rookies Perry Crowell IV of Chesterfield, Mich., and Sean Wilcox of Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Veteran San Antonio, Texas, bowling writer Harry Page has died. Tragically, the popular writer passed away at age 71, hours before he would have learned he was the International Bowling Media Association’s selection as its 2019 Luby Hall of Fame Award.

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Belmonte Averages 239 to Surge Into PBA Scorpion Championship and PBA World Championship Leads in WSOB X

by Jerry Schneider March 14, 2019 21:15

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte bowled a 2,396 10-game pinfall total to top qualifying in the PBA Scorpion Championship Thursday which also propelled him to the top of the World Championship standings in PBA World Series of Bowling X at Thunderbowl Lanes.

The Australian two-hander, a 19-time PBA Tour winner, who owns a record-tying 10 major titles, including the 2017 World Championship, bowled games of 258, 210, 257, 213 and 236 in Thursday’s first Scorpion round and 257, 194, 265, 258 and 248 in the second round.

Belmonte led 16 players who advanced to best-of-five Scorpion Championship single elimination match play on March 20. After match play, the top four players will advance to the Scorpion Championship finals live on FS1 March 20 at 8 p.m. ET.

Another one of the tour’s premier two-handers, six-time tour winner Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, finished second in Scorpion qualifying with a 2,332 pinfall. Overcoming a slow start with games of 185, 170, 273, 231 and 237 in the first round, he came back with games of 276, 258, 224, 279 and 199 in the second round.

With the conclusion of Scorpion qualifying, the top 45 players from the 135-player WSOB X field advanced to two five-game World Championship casher’s rounds on Friday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. ET which will be conducted on the PBA 43-foot Earl Anthony lane condition. After the cashers’ rounds, the field will be cut to 16 players for two eight-game round robin match play rounds Saturday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. which will determine the top five players for the World Championship finals that will be aired live March 21 on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET.

The 35-year-old Belmonte has made a steady climb in the World Championship standings since finishing 37th in Cheetah Championship qualifying on Tuesday. After Scorpion qualifying, he finished with a 6,877 30-game pinfall total (229 average) to lead World Championship qualifying.

“For this event, the start can be an added challenge for me because the shorter lane conditions are usually my Achille’s heel plus the fact I’m just getting in from Australia so I pretty much know going in I have to build up as the event progresses,” said Belmonte, who is trying to win a record 11th major title in the third major tournament of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season. “I just concentrate on getting as many pins as I can early and then look to capitalize as much as possible when I get to a condition where I have a good ball reaction.”

Belmonte holds a 103-pin lead over 10-time tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., who is second in World Championship qualifying with 6,774 heading into Friday’s casher’s rounds.

Also determined after Scorpion qualifying were the top five U.S. and international scorers for The USA vs. The World team competition which will be taped March 21 at 4 p.m. and will air March 22 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.

Based on 30-game pinfall totals from the Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion rounds, representing the U.S. will be O’Neill (6,774), EJ Tackett (6,663), Tom Daugherty (6,641) Simonsen and Kyle Sherman (6,605). Representing the international team will be Belmonte (6,877); Andres Gomez, Colombia (6,437); Dom Barrett, England (6,411); Sam Cooley, Australia (6,399) and Pontus Andersson, Sweden (6,374).

The U.S. team will be managed by PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman and the international team will be managed by fellow hall of famer Amleto Monacelli.

PBA SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Thursday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 10 games; top 16 advance to Scorpion Championship Round-of-16 single-elimination match play on March 20)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,396.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,332.
3, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 2,287.
4, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,258.
5, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,242.
6, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,229.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,227.
8, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,210.
9, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,206.
10, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,203.
11, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,200.
12, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 2,194.
13 (tie), Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, and Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,178.
15, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,177.
16, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,167.

Did not advance:

17, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,159.
18, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,152.
19, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, 2,139.
20 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,135.
22, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,132.
23, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,127.
24, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,126.
25, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,122.
26, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,121.
27, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,118.
28, Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 2,116.
29 (tie), Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,112.
31, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,111.
32, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,110.
33, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,107.
34, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,099.
35, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 2,098.
36, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,097.
37, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,095.
38, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,094.
39, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,093.
40, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,091.
41, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,089.
42 (tie), Alfred Berggren, Sweden, and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,081.
44, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,079.
45, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,077.
46, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 2,075.
47, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,067.
48, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,061.
49, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,055.
50, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,054.
51, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,045.
52 (tie), Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., and Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,044.
54, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 2,041.
55, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,039.
56, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,038.
57, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,037.
58, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,036.
59, Zachary Wilkins, Canada, 2,034.
60 (tie), Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., and Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,025.
62, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,024.
63, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,022.
64, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,020.
65, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,019.
66, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 2,018.
67, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,017.
68 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,015.
70, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,014.
71, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,009.
72, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,008.
73, Darren Alexander, Canada, 2,007.
74 (tie), JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich.; Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., and Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 2,006.
77, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,003.
78, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, 1,999.
79, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,998.
80, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,993.
81, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 1,992.
82, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1,991.
83 (tie), John Furey, Howell, N.J., and Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,988.
85, Marco Moretti, Costa Rica, 1,984.
86, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 1,983.
87, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 1,982.
88, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1,981.
89, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 1,975.
90 (tie), Stuart Williams, England, and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,973.
92, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,972.
93, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,960.
94, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,959.
95, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,958.
96, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,956.
97, Anthony LaCaze, Hanover Park, Ill., 1,955.
98, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 1,949.
99, Richie Teece, England, 1,947.
100, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,943.
101, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,942.
102, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 1,941.
103, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,936.
104, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., 1,935.
105, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,933.
106, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,931.
107, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,929.
108, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 1,927.
109, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 1,922.
110, Jonathan Hocsman, Argentina, 1,918.
111 (tie), Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., and Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1,915.
113, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,914.
114, Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 1,912.
115, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,906.
116, Billy Rogers, Mesquite, Texas, 1,902.
117, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 1,886.
118, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 1,875.
119, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,867.
120, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,864.
121 (tie), Ryan Graywacz, Canastota, N.Y., and Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,863.
123, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 1,856.
124, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,852.
125, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 1,850.
126, Travis Cauley, Hamilton, Ont., Canada, 1,846.
127, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 1,836.
128, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,767.
129, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,766.
130, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 1,762.
131, Brodie Rountree, Australia, 1,722.
132, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,698.
133, Mateo Hernandez, Argentina, 1,645.
134, Dave Miller, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,585.

300 games – Bill O’Neill

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Final Qualifying Standings (after 30 qualifying games; top 45 after 10-game Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion rounds advance to two five-game cashers’ rounds on Friday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. ET)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 6,877.
2, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,774.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 6,663.
4, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6,641.
5 (tie), Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, and Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6,605.
7, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 6,604.
8, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 6,598.
9, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, 6,590.
10, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 6,576.
11, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 6,551.
12, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 6,546.
13, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 6,545.
14, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 6,510.
15, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6,504.
16, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 6,498.
17, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 6,471.
18, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 6,460.
19, Rhino Page, Orlando, 6,457.
20, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 6,437.
21, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 6,414.
22, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 6,413.
23, Dom Barrett, England, 6,411.
24, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 6,407.
25, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,401.
26, Sam Cooley, Australia, 6,399.
27, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 6,388.
28, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 6,385.
29, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 6,382.
30, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 6,374.
31, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 6,363.
32, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 6,346.
33, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 6,338.
34, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 6,332.
35, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6,324.
36, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 6,317.
37, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 6,313.
38, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 6,307.
39, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 6,297.
40, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6,290.
41, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 6,289.
42, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 6,284.
43, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 6,280.
44, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 6,274.
44, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 6,274.

Did not advance:
46, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 6,273.
47 (tie), Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, and JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 6,270.
49, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 6,261.
50, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 6,224.
51, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 6,220.
52 (tie), Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., and Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 6,219.
54, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 6,218.
55, Stuart Williams, England, 6,215.
56, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6,213.
57 (tie), Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 6,212.
59, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 6,205.
60, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 6,204.
61, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 6,199.
62, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6,195.
63, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 6,188.
64 (tie), Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 6,178.
66, Richie Teece, England, 6,175.
67, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 6,173.
68, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6,172.
69, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 6,159.
70, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 6,152.
71, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 6,146.
72, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 6,145.
73, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 6,140.
74, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 6,137.
75, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 6,136.
76, Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 6,134.
77, Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 6,133.
78, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 6,113.
79, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 6,109.
80, Francois Louw, South Africa, 6,108.
81, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 6,095.
82, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 6,094.
83 (tie), Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., and Markus Jansson, Sweden, 6,086.
85, Ryan Graywacz, Canastota, N.Y., 6,084.
86, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 6,065.
87, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 6,057.
88, Darren Alexander, Canada, 6,055.
89, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 6,052.
90, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 6,045.
91, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 6,041.
92, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, 6,030.
93, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 6,029.
94, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 6,022.
95, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 6,018.
96, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 6,012.
97, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 6,011.
98, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 6,005.
99, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 5,998.
100, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 5,966.
101, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 5,951.
101, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 5,951.
103, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 5,945.
104 (tie), Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., and Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 5,944.
106 (tie), Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., and Mason Brantley, Detroit, 5,940.
108, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 5,937.
109, Marco Moretti, Costa Rica, 5,913.
110, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 5,911.
111, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 5,906.
112, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 5,905.
113, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 5,900.
114, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 5,872.
115, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 5,871.
116, Alfred Berggren, Sweden, 5,860.
117 (tie), Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., and Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 5,824.
119, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 5,817.
120, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 5,805.
121, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 5,754.
122, Billy Rogers, Mesquite, Texas, 5,743.
123, Travis Cauley, Canada, 5,718.
124, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 5,716.
125, Anthony LaCaze, Hanover Park, Ill., 5,680.
126, Jonathan Hocsman, Argentina, 5,670.
127, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 5,657.
128, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 5,647.
129, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 5,637.
130, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 5,518.
131, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 5,328.
132, Brodie Rountree, Australia, 5,202.
133, Dave Miller, Kalamazoo, Mich., 4,971.
134, Mateo Hernandez, Argentina, 4,547.

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